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Re: Triangular UFOs over Belgium

From: Serge Salvaille <sergesa@connectmmic.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 23:54:12 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 10:14:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Triangular UFOs over Belgium


>Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 22:56:04 -0400
>From: The Duke of Mendoza - Peter Brookesmith
       <DarkSecretPB@compuserve.com>
>Subject: Triangular UFOs over Belgium
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>>From: Serge Salvaille <sergesa@connectmmic.net>
>>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Triangular UFOs over Belgium
>>Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 11:53:17 -0400


[...]

>But if the
>rest of this post is an example of "truth" as sought by
>ufologists, then Serge is hereby appointed Archbishop of the
>Church of St Ananias and the Latterday Martyrs of Ufodom. His
>Most Reverence's administrative duties will include taking
>confession from the Boy Bishop of Canby, reciting to him Biblical
>passages on the virtues of humility, and ensuring that he puts on
>a clean hair shirt every day. Bishop Jerome will return the favor
>by giving Archbishop Salvolatile daily instruction in the ethics
>of accurate reporting, and taking a measure of the Archbishop's
>bullshit quotient twice a day, with powerful enemas to be
>administered immediately should the reading exceed 3 parts per
>million. You can look forward to a long course of treatment,
>Serge.

>[...]
>
>Bishop Jerome belongs to an altogether higher church, of course,
>where incense (sometimes used as a verb as well as a ritual
>fragrance) and casuistry are much in vogue.


Duke,

You have your references all mixed up, Archbishops fit in a
highly structured organization (such as the Catholic Church)
kept together with rigorous discipline through widespread
dogmatism. In such a system, obedience is the rule, Public
criticism of this system will have you excommunicated,

You will agree that ufology is exactly the opposite of that: it
is mostly unstructured, it is not unified, Voices can be heard
from almost every direction, Ufologists don't seem to be tender
towards one another, but the constant questioning of respective
positions and opinions and feelings makes the confusion only
apparent: in the end, you get a pretty good idea of what is
really happening in the field, This is called freedom of
expression: it is the seed of knowledge.

From an outside point of view, the skeptics are exactly the
opposite, They behave like members of a church: they look very
unified, never questioning their peers, and engaged in a battle
against ufheretics.

I have been reading and thinking about UFOs for 30-35 years now.
I have been a member of this List for more than 1.5 years, I
have never seen or read or heard a skeptic criticize in the most
remote way another skeptic, You don't even see that in
mainstream science where debates among peers are common place,
How strange for a group that has self-appointed itself the
crusaders of science.

Hence my surprise with this whole archbishop stuff, You seem to
have understood the principle but have applied it the wrong way,
The skeptics behave like archbishops, You pretend you have
embraced a cause Duke but - don't puke - you have ended up
kissing each other's asses.

This _you_ is independant from any _we_, I am not saying _we_,
the ufologists... I am not a ufologist, But I dare say _you_,
the skeptics, are counterproductive, YOU feed on ufology but
bring nothing back to your host, This his the quintescence of
parasitism, I dare say YOU are betraying yourselves: the credo
of the skeptics should be "let's look into it" - the prelude to
every adventure - not "I believe only in skepticism" which is
the closest thing to 4_letter_word + "ing" + space + yourself.

I will leave you Duke with this token of sanity, It comes from
the part 1 of the last 2 episodes of the famous paranoid(?!?) -
cult series the Prisonner, It goes something like this.

No. 2:
- You are a fool!

No. 6:
- A fool, yes, not a rat!


Enjoy,

Serge Salvaille